5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester - August 19

 by Patrick SargentAugust 19, 2022
Last Updated August 18, 2022 10:18 AM

In today’s daily 5 Things You Need to Know feature, ThisWeekinWorcester.com explores five important items and stories that Worcester and Central Massachusetts residents should keep a close eye on.

These five things can cover a whole range of subjects and issues that we feel are pertinent to understanding what’s going on in the city and the cities and towns surrounding Worcester.

In today’s edition - Friday, August 19 - Thrive Support & Advocacy is collecting donations for its pantry, The Sweet Life at the Worcester Public Market is hiring, the Webster Police Department is hosting a blood drive next week, Elder Services of Worcester Area are asking college students to write letters to isolated older adults and the Worcester Chamber Music Society kicks off its 17th season next month.

Thrive Support & Advocacy Collecting Donations for Flourish to Thrive Pantry

Thrive Support & Advocacy and WPI students are collecting non-perishable and allergen-free foods and items for the Flourish at Thrive pantry inside Thrive's Worcester office on Grove Street.

Donations are being accepted from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM Monday through Friday at 100 Grove St. in Worcester.

Items needed include plain cereals (Cherrios, corn flakes, Wheaties), gluten-free and lentil pasta, rice cereal, flour and cakes, SunButter, salsa, coconut oil, sugar-free snacks, popcorn and other shelf items listed as soy, gluten or nut-free.

Donations pick-ups can also be arranged by emailing [email protected]

Need a Job? The Sweet Life at the Worcester Public Market is Hiring

The Sweet Life - a chocolate and candy shop inside the Worcester Public Market - is looking for a part-time sales associate.

Someone with at least one year of customer service experience and who can work day and night shifts is preferred.

To apply, click here.

Webster Police Department Hosting Blood Drive Next Week

The Webster Police Department and AAA are hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, Aug. 24 from 9 AM to 1 PM at 357 Main St. in Webster.

Appointments to donate blood can be made here. Use sponsor code M054.

Walk-ins will be welcome only if time allows.

ESWA Asking College Students to Write Letters to Isolated Older Adults

With the start of school just weeks away, Elder Services of Worcester Area is asking local college students to write letter and cards to isolated older adults living in the Worcester area.

The letters and cards will be delivered with Meals on Wheels.

To participate in the program, contact volunteer coordinator Amy Lubowicki at 508-756-1545 ext. 781 or via email at [email protected]

Worcester Chamber Music Society Kicks Off 17th Season on Sept. 18

The Worcester Chamber Music Society kicks off its 17th season with the upcoming “Consider the Source” concert on Sept. 18 at 4 PM at Mechanics Hall.

The kickoff concert will feature:

  • Chinary Ung - Child Song
  • Jessie Montgomery - Source Code
  • Judith Weir - Three Chorales for Cello and Piano
  • Antonin Dvorak - String Sextet, Op.48

According to WCMS, "The program opens with Child Song by the renowned Chinary Ung, inspired by folk songs from his childhood in his home country of Cambodia. Also featured is Source Code by Jessie Montgomery, which is rooted in Black American spirituals, as well as Judith Weir’s Three Chorales for Cello and Piano, a piece that draws on imagery from poetic texts. Concluding the program will be Antonin Dvorak’s String Sextet, which draws inspiration from the folk music of his Bohemian roots."

Ticket Prices: Adults $30-$38, Students $10, EBT/WIC $5, Youth 17 and under free. Information and tickets for the concert are available on the ensemble’s website, or by calling the office at (508) 926-8624.

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